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by parapente
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 114
Views: 13170

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Agreed but fuel is uber heavy stuff! They will have to upgrade the MLG somewhat and one imagines they are getting close to the single bogey limit esp in terms of pavement loading.No doubt there is a little wriggle room or they would not be suggesting it. One assumes that if they do (as they said the...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 114
Views: 13170

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Doc/Joe I don't think it's an accident that Airbus made it difficult to know precisely what the LR could actually do.They mixed up the speed,range,and payloads-from the norm.But what they were saying (I think) is 'watch out this baby can go further than you might imagine'. They will tell us at Farnb...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 114
Views: 13170

Re: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR

Very constructive comments mjoelnir thanks.This may indeed be how they aim to achieve the additional range whilst keeping everything else common.

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by parapente
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 59
Views: 9229

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

ME3 is effectively a new concept of one stop to and from anywhere.If you take 150 A380's and the same number (if not more) of 777's then you are sucking an enormous (enormous) amount of pax volume out of the long haul market.So unsurprising (to me at least) that the vast majority of 'everyone else' ...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 114
Views: 13170

Re: Airbus is studying A321XLR to challenge Boeing

I don't think the article says what you say.It makes clear what the plus and plus plus were.This (if it comes into existence) is a simpler shorter lead time route from the sounds of it.They have not released the official results of their testing but teased some pretty impressive distances achieved p...

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by parapente
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

One might argue that none of the cost arguments are relevant to the bigger picture.On the face of it the rocket launch business is a bad area to get into full stop.You get to sell ,what, 12 -18 products a year wowee.Thrn you cut the launch price by half,so low volume low margin,the worst possible co...

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by parapente
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ambitions
Replies: 26
Views: 2256

Re: RR Ambitions

RR shares up nearly 20% since announcing 4,500 redundancies.Can someone please explain? Beaten in the 787 engine competition and 2main packages need to be replaced Exclusive on the non selling A330neo Can't even get (we don't know) the last engine order for the failed A380 Exclusive on the non selli...

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by parapente
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RR Ambitions
Replies: 26
Views: 2256

Re: RR Ambitions

Since the 797 is scheduled to be a twin aisle and therefore a wide body,RR getting to 50% will depend heavily if this aircaft is launched or not -and if it is who will power it. Many feel that it is a 'tight' market gap.If true then it's not impossible that Boeing will go for an exclusive,even thoug...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?
Replies: 51
Views: 6264

Re: A-10 Warthogs will smash N Korea?

Yup it's...Settled for now......However when America has pulled all its troops out as promised ( everything he came for) N Korea will Invade and win (it will be a quick war).The US will not 'first use' nukes - would be pointless anyway.Sell your Samsung shares.V silly old man.

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by parapente
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and the A350
Replies: 49
Views: 9632

Re: IAG and the A350

Asiaflyer.Yes I think you are probably right.However I was surprised that WW 'again' went public on their lack of 380-££ agreement.Thats the third time he has done so -ie he very clearly wanted them (at the right price).The 779 is as you say the obvious alternative (the 777-10 would have been better...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I simply raised it as they are still actively talking about sending these 2 billionaires on they round the Moon trip on the FH and who knows maybe more of them.They have said that it has simply been postponed to 2019. Ergo it needs to be human rated for this trip if they wish to use NSAA's launch fa...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8920

Re: MH to retain A380s

They are about 6 years old.Whats the usual lease period? 10 years ?12 years?.Either way about half way through the period. I imagine they would have the rights to sublease but one can't be certain. Someone wrote a short while back they they were back doing the London route.If so how full I wonder,mi...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I note on Teslerati that they have booked a Falcon Heavy using Block 5 first stages for end of year sometime.Clearly it's a semi commercial contract lifting a number of small sats plus 'concrete' (ballast).But none the less will be an exciting launch to watch. It would appear that Spacex are keen to...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG and the A350
Replies: 49
Views: 9632

Re: IAG and the A350

We know from the continuing 'price spat' between Airbus and AIG that they 'want' 6 A388's -at the right price.Perhaps it will never happen.However if it did then it only leaves 6 744's to be replaced.Which would most likely be A3510's.

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8920

Re: MH to retain A380s

Thx flee my mistake I really thought they were owned as I thought I recalled IAG being interested in them.I know it sounds desperate but if it were me I would even consider sub leasing them to IAG at a (small hopefully) loss.It is more than likely it would be less of a cost than the losses they are ...

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by parapente
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8920

Re: MH to retain A380s

Sell 'em to IAG and be done with it.Clean sheet and grow from there.

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by parapente
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thx for article Nomadd. The central plank of this project -other than ultra low cost,is clearly the ability to launch at an unprecedented rate (one a day). That in turn states that they have 'something' that they may wish to launch at that rate.Are they in effect stating that they will have a wareho...

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by parapente
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Airbus is studying A321XLR with extended range over LR
Replies: 114
Views: 13170

Re: Airbus A321XLR?

Sorry I don't feel the source of this rather large statement is good enough to warrant a debate.If it's true no doubt we will hear all about it at Farnbrough.Otherwise it could simply be made up to provoke 'another' thread.Of course that puts the site'hits' up and 'viewing stats' up which in turn al...

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by parapente
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5813909/The-space-war-roboshuttle-gets-closer-launch.html Thought some people might be interested in the 'phantom e press' or XS-1.Not a rocket I knew about.Anyway they have just finished building the main engine which is a derivative of a main shuttle ...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Thanks for that technical clarification Dark Knight I find these contributions really helpful to my limited knowledge. Also another comment above makes sense.If they are clever they can 'time' the odd really tough (high heavy)launches to coincide with a block 5 that has already done -say 4-8 launche...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2318
Views: 293670

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

The statements from Boeing seem to indicate that the decision to offer will be put back a year due to the stresses on the OEM engine manufacturers-although it could be a smoke screen I thought it odd that he said the decision could go back a year -on an already tight timescale yet the EIS is not put...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win
Replies: 132
Views: 26244

Re: Airbus sales chief defiant on A330neo demand as Boeing seals new win

Happy to be corrected but how could they have launched the NEO 2 years earlier unless it was to be a glider?As I understand it the engine was in fact 6 months late.Probably a very good thing actually as the 'ten' of which the 7000 is a derivative had the high temp' coating fixed.So at least it flies...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Please correct me if I am wrong.This launch went to a super high geo orbit which as stated will extend the sat's life considerably. This was all primarily possible because the whole veichle (esp stage1) was expendable.It appears to create a huge differential in performance. Such a launch would not (...

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by parapente
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to launch premium economy
Replies: 25
Views: 5855

Re: Emirates to launch premium economy

They may have taken their time about premium economy, but so what,it's a long term decision not a sprint.They have clearly put in a lot of work in getting it right.They will simply become more formidable than they already are -oh and more profitable too. Their only real constraint to further growth ...

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by parapente
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13408

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

Having said that Airbus needs to be careful of the highly cyclical nature ( and over optimism) of the business there is of course another reason they may wish ( have) to up their production rates. I don't wish to open up a can of worms here -but. Say they 'know' that the 797 is to be launched with a...

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by parapente
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Well these fairing go through a lot both on the way up and very much so on the way down.A 'flight proven' fairing is never going to be 'clean room' standards.
Perhaps Spacex want to use them themselves for their low Earth orbit sats?

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by parapente
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

For hoseinteested Spacex have released a batch of new photographs of the fairings coming into sea landings just by Mr Stephens boat -50 Mars they say.They are posted on the Teslerati website. Did get me thinking about the previous discussion in this thread. Ok clearly it was a calm day -however. A h...

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by parapente
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target
Replies: 104
Views: 13408

Re: Airbus faces “unprecedented challenge” to hit delivery target

Other issue for AandB is that this industry is notoriously cyclical.Right now there is a 'grab' for market share from new emerging markets.Not everyone will succeed.No point in setting up structures for production levels that perhaps cannot be sustained in the longer term.

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by parapente
Thu May 31, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I believe the idea is to produce enough reusable F9 engines so they can concentrate on building the BFR Raptor engines.Gonna need loads of them fairly soon based on their extraordinary time lines.

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by parapente
Wed May 30, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The future of Arianespace and the Arianegroup leadership
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: The future of Arianespace and the Arianegroup leadership

It seems Ariana (and others) are caught in a 'catch22'. Reusing (landing) rockets is only economical if you are launching and reusing them a lot. If you only have a few launches a year the disposable route is actually more cost effective.It also keeps your manufacturing plant in operation. The comme...

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by parapente
Tue May 29, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

There is no doubt whatsoever that if they could build the fairing that was 100% resistant to salt /seawater issues then they would! They are clearly happily soft landing these 2 halves in the sea over and over.But that's no good- they have to land it in the net (or try another way/give up).I think w...

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by parapente
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Astronaut Alan Bean has passed away at age 86

The steady passing of the 'right stuff' astronauts is sad but inevitable.Clearly Trump has stated 'the moon' is the mission. Very soon NASA will have a rocket capable of getting there and back with enough throw weight to take a lander.One gets the clear impression that NASA doesn't really want to go...

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by parapente
Sun May 27, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

It will be interesting to see what willpower the various European governments have foe Ariana going forwards.Its always been fairly 'locked into losses' now it's totally handcuffed.All it will ever do is burn money.Now of course Europe is building its own rival geo positioning system with a group of...

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by parapente
Fri May 25, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

I noted that the Russian space federation quietly stated recently that they were bowing out of the commercial satellite launch business as they simply could not compete with Spacex.And that's with the Russian military space launches and the cheap ol' proton launch system. at least they recognise the...

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by parapente
Fri May 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

An odd (even stupid) question. Does Spacex need permission to go and land on Mars? Obviously it's not 'owned' by anybody and certainly no one is going to allow it to be 'owned'. But Spacex cannot launch anything (from America) without the governments permission.And there is the ROW to consider. Anyw...

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by parapente
Thu May 24, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

America ( military) will always want two launch platforms for safety's sake so at least for the moment ULA is safe.But Ariane?Hmmm. They are developing a 'cheaper' rocket,but I don't imagine it can compete commercially with Spacex.Perhaps Europe will keep it alive simply to own an independent launch...

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by parapente
Wed May 23, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=clhXVdjvOyk&time_continue=4&ebc=ANyPxKqfG_Ad_s8s_zFgTYhdwozJYnTVc7tMrniy2_mQKIG3v5V0pW_lfeg19_obPUNkJBZSFKQm0xufGkdREVdIpD5smhbwjg This is really good NBC interview with Shotwell for those interested. I thought the most interesting part was the broadband satelli...

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by parapente
Tue May 22, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?
Replies: 76
Views: 10009

Re: Concorde, was it bound for disaster?

We should also just be thankful that the '60's' happened.Very much imho the final culmination of the new technologies developed due the intense burst of technology in WW2 period.We had the Cold War ie Nuclear bombs,the space race ie Rocketary and Supersonic flight ie Jet engines all happening at the...

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by parapente
Sun May 20, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Bouncy castle/balloons are for stage 2 return (probably on land).Fairings 'have' to land at sea and can't get drenched in salt water hence the 'catchers Mit' boat.

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by parapente
Sun May 20, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

No question that Spacex is going to try and return the second stage at some point.Elon ( in his usual cryptic way) has referred to using party balloons and a bouncy castle.Some people on you tube have interpreted this as modifications of previously considered NASA marks ideas.But are only guesses. O...

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by parapente
Fri May 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yup it does look like the FH launches have been put back.Not sure there's really much role for the FH sadly.It was conceived 10 years ago when the power of the F9 was nearly half what it is today! They can now lob really large sat's into GEO orbit with the F9 yet still carry the heavy landing legs a...

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by parapente
Fri May 18, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2318
Views: 293670

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

Thx Mzlin for the 'Australian' article.Well written,but I particularly enjoyed the quality and maturity of the discussion that followed it. One guy at the end summaries it well I thought stating that it was two distinct markets rolled into one plane family.The oversized for capacity and the undersiz...

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by parapente
Wed May 16, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 187
Views: 22501

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

NZ321.Regarding the main topic as you state. My understanding is that the 787 as an aircraft 'package' is maxed out.You can have range but less pax (789) or 'max pax' but less range. But not both at the same time!Physics doesn't work like that. The 787 series is an incredible aircraft family as it i...

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by parapente
Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Hate AvsB threads so would not ever want a Spacex vs Boeing except the Boeing CEO seems to want one.But no American has flown into space on anything but Russian product since the Shuttle days.I guess there will be a bit of a race coming up to be first with a fully approved manned capsule. I think th...

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by parapente
Sun May 13, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Yup I read something similar.NASA has asked them to stop making any improvements for a while (6 flights?) so exactly the same rocket can be seen to be successfully flown each time.This would then become the ' standard' 'human rated' version. Be interesting if NASA are happy for astronauts to fly in ...

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by parapente
Sat May 12, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Couple of points about economics and capability, The Russian space agency recently stated ( Sat 2 months) that they were extracting the,selves from commercial launchers and concentration on satellite builds instead (more money and profit).Simply as they cannot commercially compete with Musk.Well if ...

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by parapente
Fri May 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22006

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days

Bald 1983. I would like to think you meant .-In your opinion-the deal merited no respect.Oh and it wasn't 'so called' it was, a deal with many signatories. And signing legal documents tend on the whole to have gravitas and trust involved.If not what is the point in signing them? If Iran has broken t...

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by parapente
Fri May 11, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22006

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming cays

Iran ?Buy/Lease second hand!Plently of good stuff out there.

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by parapente
Thu May 10, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ACTs - A321
Replies: 12
Views: 1586

Re: ACTs - A321

Yup it may be that the 97T max weight limit is exceeded at that point (4acts). I have always wondered what the maximum (for a 'standard' runway) pavement loading is for a single bogey aircraft.If it was 4 wheels at 100t all up then I suppose it would be 25T but I don't suppose it's that simpler calc...

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by parapente
Wed May 09, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1529
Views: 145371

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

In terms of parts returning I noted the website Teslerati had a nice photograph of a fairing under a paraglider with additional information about those fairings so far returned.Also the catchers mitt/boat has been given a new webbing material.Perhaps the first one wasn't strong enough? Block 5 is an...

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